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For all of us who grew up between the 40's and 70's

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wayne, Jan 25, 2003.

  1. wayne

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    For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s

    My dad sent me this and I thought it was pretty true. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

    > I Can't Believe We Made It
    >
    > I can't believe you made it if you lived as a child in the 40's,
    50's,
    > 60's or 70's.
    >
    > Looking back, it's hard to believe that we've lived as long as we
    have...
    >
    > As children, we'd ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding
    in
    > the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
    >
    > Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We
    had
    > no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when
    we
    > rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to
    town
    > as a young kid!)
    >
    > We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors.
    >
    > We'd spend hours building our go-cart out of scraps and then rode
    down
    > the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into
    the
    > bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.
    >
    > We'd leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
    back
    > when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.
    >
    > No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodge ball and sometimes the
    ball
    > would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and
    there
    > were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one
    was
    > to blame, but us. Remember accidents?
    >
    > We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
    learned
    > to get over it.
    >
    > We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were
    > never overweight ... we were always outside playing. We shared one
    grape
    > soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.
    >
    > We didn't have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at
    all,
    > 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal
    cell
    > phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms. We had friends. We
    went
    > outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home
    and
    > knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to
    > them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves!
    Out
    > there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?
    >
    > We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and
    although
    > we were told it'd happen, we didn't put out very many eyes, nor did
    the
    > worms live inside us forever.
    >
    > Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
    > didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment...
    >
    > Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and
    were
    > held back to repeat the same grade... Horrors. Tests weren't
    adjusted
    > for any reason.
    >
    > Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide
    > behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was
    > unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!
    >
    > This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
    > solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion
    of
    > innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
    > responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
    >
    > And you're one of them. Congratulations!
    >
    > Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as
    kids,
    > before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
    >
    >


    Hope you enjoyed it.
     
  2. ZonkRat

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    Re: For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s

    Been on this big ball of dirt since 54.Most of us grew up Having to be responsible or what we did,Good or Bad.Didn't get free ride till 18 or 21 like lots want today.Turned 16 and Dad said,See that old car over there{in the weeds},Get it runnung and it's yous.Was proud of that old 6 cyl Ford cause I had wheels. Different today,most kids don't want it if it doesn't have 300 month payment.{Parents pay}.Didn't have shows on T V to tell us bout which household chemicals would get you high if they don't kill you first.Like the new teck,but wish for some of the old values.Still see a lot of them passed down in 4 wheelin folks and proud of it. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. K5Jimmy

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    Re: For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s

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    &gt; rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

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    ...and frequently no chain graud ( and we All learned how to fix a tube, replace a chain, wire the brake to the frame), the rubber part of the pedal broke so all ya got left is a tube w/ball bearings at each end, ...no fenders made it go faster

    A lot of that is true...

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  4. Thunder

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    Re: For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s

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    As children, we'd ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

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    Sadly Some kids didn't make it. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    The other day my wife was sitting at a stop sign and saw a gal in a small car rear end another vehicle doing about 25 mph The gal in the little car had her 4 year old daughter in the front seat and was not wearing a seat belt. The car had air bags and they deployed. The little girl slid over the air bag smashing her head into the front window killing her instantly. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
    There were trained people on the sceen almost immeaditly And CPR was peformed but it didn't help
    Wy wife did the best she could to comfort the distraught woman. Who along with her infant child were belted in and survived the crash without a scratch.

    I have always made sure my babies are belted in. It makes me feel good now that they are teen agers they wont get in a car or let kids ride in their cars without belting up.
    They remind me to put mine on if I forget ,as I often do. I grew up in the 60s and never got into the habit.
    Sorry about the downer story but as stupid as some laws are there are some that are needed to save a lot of lives.
     
  5. ZonkRat

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    Re: For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s

    Best safety feature is well trained drivers.Idiot proofing only helps a little.Had Uncle get side swiped in 65 and seatbelt cut him in half.Personally say big rig crash where driver died cause he had used old aircraft harness with steel cables in it,burned up in fire.Nothings perfect,but,new safty features help. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  6. Lance

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    Re: For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s

    [hijack thread mode on] Hey Zonkrat, I saw 1954 and southern middle Tennessee and it got me to wondering a couple of things? You wouldn't happen to be anywhere near Culleoka / Mooresville and happen to know any Watson's or Holt's would you? I was just curious because this is where my family is from. [hijack thread mode off]
     
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    Used to hotrod lots with Tony Watson.He had RS Z28 Camaro with 2 4bls on crossram for while.Mine was blue 68 Chevelle SS 396.Law wasn't as tough back then.Know several people around area.Summertown is home.Check out Wheelin In The Country web site if you don't already know of it.Wife is related to Olivers in Culleoka area too.Lots of good memories back then. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gifer in TENN Holts eare related to me on Dads side of family. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Don't know any Tony Watson off hand, but we're probably kin somewhere down the line. My dad, Ron Watson, drove a '67 Plymouth GTX and raced it pretty regular all around that area.

    As for Wheelin' in the Country, been going for years to the event on New Years Day. Always have a blast! Other than that I don't get too much of a chance to go wheelin' when I am home because I have to spend so much time visiting with folks.

    Lance
     
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    You need to check out Gardendale Ala. It's not far from you. I usually go to WITC on holidays. Don't want to get tired of it.There's good riding in Cowan Tn too,a few miles from Mnt, Eagle Tn.Hunting club there lets wheelers use area when no seasons are open. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  10. Lance

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    Yeah the club I belong to ride's in Gardendale often. I live about 3 miles from the trail head for that. That property is going through some changes now. Property has changed hands and some of it is under development. Still plenty of fun to be had out there. There is also some good areas in Mt. Olive, which is the town directly north of Gardendale. The property owner is developing an ORV Park there on about 2100 acres. By reservation only at this point but that may change. Was going to try and send a link but the web-site is being re-developed. When it is up I'll send you a link.

    Lance
     
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    W I T Cs Memorial Day run is as good as New Years.Bring some friends and come up ,camp a day or two. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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